during the “four days – four countries” roadtrip my boyfriend and i did in summer of 2017, we got to spend a day exploring the bavarian capital and largest city of southern germany: munich. the city is probably most famous for its annual beer festival, oktoberfest, but it has so much more to offer than just huge drunk crowds and huge steins of beer.
since we only had very little time in munich we decided to just walk around the inner city and focus on the sights that can be seen by foot. i’m sure we missed some great things to see in munich but as i said unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time. but anyway, here’s our walking route:
(klick on the map to get a more detailed view of the route)
this route will take you about 1h45 without stopping. with visiting the churches, a bit of shopping, etc. we spent all day on this tour.
A – MARIENPLATZ
this has been munich’s central square since the city’s foundation and was where markets were held. in addition to the NEW TOWN HALL, you can also find the majestic OLD TOWN HALL here. come here at 11am or noon to hear the glockenspiel, a beautiful chiming clock that is over 100 years old, ring and watch the 32 life-sized figures reenact historical bavarian events. in the center of the place you can also find the FISH FOUNTAIN and the MARIAN COLUMN, which is topped with the golden statue of virgin mary.
B – FRAUENKIRCHE
the catholic cathedral caled “church of our lady” is the most identifiable landmark of munich and the city’s largest church. it holds up to 20,000 people! you can climb the steps of the church’s towers. i heard that the view of Munich’s city scape and the bavarian alps is breathtaking. when we visited munich the church was under construction so unfortunately we didn’t get to do that.
C – ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH
st. michael was completed in 1597 and is the largest renaissance church north of the alps. underneath the choir you can find the royal crypt where 41 members of the house of wittelsbach are buried.
D – VIKTUALIENMARKT
the beginnings of this market date back to the early 19th century. it is an everyday outdoor market consisting of 140 colorful booths. there you can find everything from flowers, honey and spices, to meat, cheese, eggs and pastries.
E – FRIEDENSENGEL
the angel of peace is a monument which was built to commemorate 25 years of peace after the franco-prussian war. the monument consists of an open space with fountain, with two staircases leading to the observation deck.
F – VICTORY GATE
on your way from the angle of peace to teh victory gate you’ll be able to stroll through the ENGLISH GARDEN, munich’s largest park which is even larger than the central park in new york city. the victory gate itself was originally dedicated to the glory of the bavarian army. today it is a monument and reminder to peace.
G – LUDWIG MAXIMILIAN UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH
this university is was founded in 1472 and is considered as one of europe’s most prestigious universities. you will pass this university on our way from the victory gate to the munich residence. the campus is just sooo beautiful and definitely worth a visit!
H – MUNICH RESIDENCE
at the edge of munich’s old town lies the former royal palace of the bavarian monarchs. today the residence houses one of the best museums of interior decoration in europe. the premise consists of ten courtyards, beautiful historical gardensand 130 rooms which display antique furniture, art, porcelain, and tapestries. since we’re not huge museum fans we decided not to go inside but if you’re into those kind of activities i’m sure you’ll have a great time there!
I – THEATINE CHURCH
the theatine church was built in the 17th century and was the first church in italian late barock style to be built north of the alps. it is also one of munich’s finest and most famous churches. i especially love its striking yellow façade! also the interior, which is held completely in white, is super beautiful.
J – NATIONAL THEATER
the national theater in munich, which is one of the world’s leading opera houses and home to the vavarian state spera, was destroyed during WWI and then rebuilt and reopened in 1963. the building just looks soooo impressive and i wish we would’ve had enough time to actually watch a ballet or opera there!
we ate some d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s french toast and drank some hot cocoa while enjoying the great view on the NEW TOWN HALL. as you can imagine this café isn’t really cheap but the view is definitely worth every penny!
for lunch we weren’t that hungry since we had a great filling breakfast se we just grabbed a quick bite at VIKTUALIENMARKT which i already mentioned above.
For dinner we decided to go out to a fancier restaurant – H’UGO’S, an italian high class restaurant located which is located right at the PROMENADEPLATZ in the inner city of munich. they are famous for their truffle pizza which we unfortunately only found out after visiting the restaurant. our food tasted great too though and we loved the chill atmosphere there.
next time we’ll probably go there for a drink or two instead of dinner though because the music was pretty loud and it generally felt like a bar/lounge there more than a restaurant. also be prepared to pay a lot for very little food! if you want to be seen and maybe also spot a c-class vip this is the place for you!
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